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Does "spare ribs" mean something different on the west coast?

lucidusatra | Mar 5, 201606:18 PM

I've been looking for some spare ribs since I moved here 9 months ago. There are plenty of restaurants serving a dish called "spare ribs," but this dish is unrecognizable to me. I get pieces of pork, sometimes with some bone chunks. I don't get whole ribs like I used to in New York, New Jersey, Vermont, Massachusetts, Florida, Illinois, and any other place I used to live and might be forgetting about. What's going on here?

The spare ribs I know and love are finger food. They're long meaty bones. They're covered in a reddish sauce, they're sweet. They're delicious. When I order spare ribs here in Oakland (I've tried Berkeley too), I get... Well, I don't get spare ribs. The texture is all wrong, it's like I'm eating a completely different cut of meat altogether. And few/no bones. No red sauce.

This is completely bizarre. Has anybody else had this experience? Does anybody know where I can get some proper spare ribs around here???

Spare ribs

Not spare ribs!!!

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